Influences: Schiller, ATB, Led Zeppelin, Tycho, Thin Lizzy, Yes, Mike Oldfield, Emancipator, ABBA, ELP, Jean Michel Jarre, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and others. I love 1980’s synth based music.
Mainly a guitar player worked as a session player and in many rock, soul and punk bands. I have been running my own home studio for the last 15 years with not just guitars but other acoustic instruments and synths. Mainstream music generally leaves me cold, it does nothing for me except reminds me that money talks! I believe music should be ‘by the people and for the people’ ....... behold independent artists!
Here’s my gear:
Guitars: Fender custom shop Strat (Jeff Beck Spec), Fender Tele (52 Reissue with stacked humber at neck), Gretsch 6131, Gibson LP Standard, Guild 12 string, Martin 6 string, Kremona Spanish, Godin LGXT (Synth guitar), Fender Jazz bass.
Other guitar gear: UAD Ox, Fender Vibroking, Fender Deluxe, Fender Rumble, Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth, many many other pedals!
Keys: Behringer Deepmind 12 synth, Korg TR88
Recording: Apple Mac Pro (6-core), UAD Apollo 8 interface, Stam 1073MPA Preamp, Yamaha Monitors
Software: Logic Pro X, EZDrummer2, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Trillian, Keyscape and Stylus RMX, UVI Synths, UAD plugins (They’re the best EQ’s, Compressors, effects etc…. I use them prolifically) and some Waves plug-ins (that I use less and less these days)
|#1||Your Rear View Mirror||
|#3||Where's My Coat?||
|#6||When Birds Fly Away||
|#7||It's Only 2am?||
|#9||Skulking In The Shadows||
|#10||Not My Kind Of Day||
|#11||I'm Afraid (The Future Is Here)!||
|#12||My Book Of Trees||
I love my UA plug-ins. I finally went all out last year and got a MacBook Pro, Logic and a UA Twin Duo. I'm still learning to use some of the plug-ins.
Vocal and acoustic guitar (on UA console): UA 610(Unison) > LA2A > Pultec EQP, then A1 send to reverb channel with RealVerb Pro.
I'm still learning how to use the UAD Neve 1073 plug in in Logic.
During FAWM I discovered the Fairchild compressor and used that in the Stereo Out on most of my songs. It's not pristine at all, old school in fact, but it glues everything together somehow, makes it sound like an old 45 record.
That's neat (the Jeff Beck reference). I got it from Public Enemy (of all things - I'm actually a fan of them, which might be shocking to others given my usual musical tastes). Chuck D starts off a song on their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back with that line. I enjoyed the robotic play on this quote. Thanks for filling me in on the Jeff Beck connection!
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks for your comments on The Unforgiven, I do love the Finn Brothers, well spotted, listened to them for many years.
You're right; "Hidden Intent" *was* chaotic. I've remixed it so that things are (hopefully) clearer. Cheers!
Thanks for your comment on Robot Revolution. Jeff Beck reference? I missed that. But then, I haven't listened to a lot of his stuff (as much as I probably should - being one of the holy British Trinity of Guitar Gods). You'll have to educate me on that one, it seems.
See You In The Shadows…
I love your guitar work. It's so refreshing to hear the instrument played WELL. Thank you. I agree with your comment about mainstream music. The material I hold most dear isn't commercially viable, by and large, at least not anymore. But it's been that way all along. Anyway, if ever your playing in the Seattle area, I would love to come hear your guitar and you create the magic that so seem to so effortlessly do together.
Merci for your kind comments and i wish you a great FAWM !
Thank you so much for your kind words on my three songs. I am so glad you took the time to stop by & listen.
As for the creation process, I'm just following my Muse this year. Closing my eyes and letting the music flow. Of course, my methodology might be a little unique. There aren't a lot of people using Jeskola Buzz as a DAW/Compositional platform. I think that's where my experimentation lies - pushing the bounds of what is possible with my DAW. It's a fun process with an obscure program that has a devoted community of users and developers. I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you so much for the kind words about my songs Birth and Something Wicked this Way Comes. I love how you visualized the stranger hurrying along in Central Park to the music of Something Wicked this Way Comes. It's interesting to hear what different people imagine. As the drum gets louder, I picture the orcs and creatures of Mordor assembling and preparing for war in a Lord of the Rings movie (forget which one.) Thanks for such a descriptive comment.
Thank you so much for the kind comments! 😁 Made my day!
Thanks for the comment
Hiya Paul - looking forwards to hearing what you come up with!
Hi there! Welcome to FAWM - the best thing about February!
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